CHESTERFIELD, Mo., March 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Reliv International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RELV), a maker of nutritional supplements that promote optimal health, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017.

Fourth-Quarter Results

Reliv reported net sales of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with net sales of $10.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. U.S. net sales decreased by 8.5 percent for the quarter compared with the same quarter in 2016.  Net sales outside of the United States increased by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the prior-year quarter.

Reliv reported a net loss of $382,000, or loss of $0.21 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with a net income of $272,000, or earnings of $0.15 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2016.   Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $141,000 compared to $275,000 in the same period in 2016.  The impact to operations from the decrease in fourth quarter 2017 net sales was partially offset by a reduction in selling, general and administrative ("SGA") expenses.  SGA expenses decreased to $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Income tax expense was $517,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily the result of non-cash adjustments to our deferred tax assets, including a $509,000 valuation allowance recorded against the value of net operating loss carryforwards in our European subsidiary.

Full-Year Results

Reliv reported net sales of $41.8 million for 2017 compared with net sales of $45.5 million in 2016. U.S. net sales decreased to $32.5 million from $35.6 million, a decline of 8.8 percent.

Net sales in Reliv's foreign markets for 2017 decreased 6.1 percent compared with net sales for 2016, with 3.4 percent of the decline due to the impact of foreign currency fluctuation as the result of a stronger U.S. dollar in certain markets.   The decline in net sales in Europe represented a significant portion of the decrease in foreign sales.  Net sales in Europe declined by 16.6 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year, with 4.3 percent of the decline due to the impact of foreign currency fluctuation.  Sales in Asia increased by 39.7 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year.

The net loss for 2017 was $697,000 (loss per diluted share of $0.38) compared to a net loss of $625,000 (loss per diluted share of $0.34) in 2016.  The loss from operations for 2017 was $183,000 compared to a loss from operations of $812,000 in 2016.  SGA expenses were $17.9 million versus $20.2 million in 2016, as the continuing effect of a cost reduction program implemented in mid-2016 helped offset the impact of the sales decline.  Income tax expense for 2017 was $545,000 compared to $9,000 in 2016, primarily the result of the deferred tax adjustments discussed in the fourth-quarter results.

"While our results from operations improved in 2017 when compared to 2016, we remain focused on growing sales through new product and business development by providing additional tools and support with programs to attract new distributors and customers," said Ryan A. Montgomery, President.

"In mid-April, we are introducing an additional whey-based version of our flagship NOW product.  This new version is in response to consumer trends and offers an alternative to those that prefer a whey protein based product," commented Montgomery.

Other distributor/customer recruitment programs include continued free ground shipping for new distributors reaching the Quick Start and Master Affiliate business levels, an additional 10 percent discount on autoship orders placed by Preferred Customers, and a free product credit to distributors for enrolling three new Preferred Customers with a minimum order amount.

Additionally, a new mobile app is in development for launch in April that will allow distributors to perform most of their key sales and recruiting functions via a smartphone or tablet, including enrollment of new distributors and customers, placing orders and tracking downline organizational activity.

"Lastly, our Fit3 TM  program continues to grow in popularity throughout the Reliv distributor base.  It's not just about the Fit3 products, it's also a fitness and lifestyle transformation," stated Montgomery.

Reliv had cash and cash equivalents of $3.3 million as of December 31, 2017, compared to $3.6 million as of December 31, 2016.  Net cash used in operating activities was $157,000 in 2017 compared to $1.5 million of cash generated from operations in the prior-year period.

As of December 31, 2017, Reliv had 33,620 Distributors and Preferred Customers - a decrease of 12.6 percent from December 31, 2016 - of which 3,910 are Master Affiliate level and above.  The number of Master Affiliates decreased by 26.5 percent compared to the year-ago total.  Master Affiliate is the level at which Distributors are eligible to earn generation royalties.  With the formal introduction of the Preferred Customer program in the United States and Canada in February 2016, Reliv now includes Preferred Customers as part of Active Distributor statistics.

About Reliv International, Inc.

Reliv International, based in Chesterfield, MO, produces nutritional supplements that promote optimal nutrition. Reliv supplements address  essential nutrition, fitness and weight loss and targeted solutions. Reliv is the exclusive provider of LunaRich® products, which optimize levels of lunasin, a soy peptide that works at the epigenetic level to promote optimal health. The company sells its products through an international network marketing system of independent distributors in 15 countries. Learn more about Reliv at  reliv.com, or on  FacebookTwitter or  Instagram.

Statements made in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements containing words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue" or similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ are identified in the public filings made by Reliv with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information on factors that could affect Reliv's business and financial results are included in its public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which are available on the Company's web site, reliv.com .

--FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOLLOW -

Reliv International, Inc. and Subsidiaries          
           
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets          
    December 31     December 31        
    2017     2016        
  (Unaudited)   (Audited)        
Assets          
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,272,788   $ 3,606,817        
Accounts receivable, less allowances of          
$26,300 in 2017 and $26,700 in 2016   29,760     126,113        
Accounts and note due from employees and distributors   138,497     139,931        
Inventories   4,555,485     4,487,830        
Other current assets   399,154     571,377        
           
Total current assets   8,395,684     8,932,068        
           
Other assets   7,003,073     7,679,357        
Net property, plant and equipment   5,677,239     5,854,302        
           
Total Assets $ 21,075,996   $ 22,465,727        
           
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity          
           
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 3,212,634   $ 4,234,305        
Current portion of long-term debt   3,045,421     389,096        
Long-term debt - noncurrent   -     2,518,341        
Other noncurrent liabilities   453,354     409,813        
Stockholders' equity   14,364,587     14,914,172        
           
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 21,075,996   $ 22,465,727        
           
           
Consolidated Statements of Operations          
    Three months ended December 31     Year ended December 31  
    2017     2016       2017     2016  
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)   (Audited)  
Product sales $ 9,271,433   $ 9,823,376     $ 38,751,357   $ 42,004,961  
Handling & freight income   663,616     814,273       3,037,425     3,507,875  
           
Net Sales   9,935,049     10,637,649       41,788,782     45,512,836  
           
Costs and expenses:          
Cost of products sold   2,287,759     2,294,513       9,401,406     10,024,021  
Distributor royalties and commissions   3,432,631     3,749,861       14,685,553     16,095,032  
Selling, general and administrative   4,073,412     4,317,861       17,885,226     20,205,762  
           
Total Costs and Expenses   9,793,802     10,362,235       41,972,185     46,324,815  
           
Income (loss) from operations   141,247     275,414       (183,403 )   (811,979 )
           
Other income (expense):          
Interest income   25,271     26,317       101,901     107,006  
Interest expense   (29,782 )   (24,521 )     (109,254 )   (106,682 )
Other income (expense)   (1,673 )   (30,919 )     38,844     195,600  
           
Income (loss) before income taxes   135,063     246,291       (151,912 )   (616,055 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   517,000     (26,000 )     545,000     9,000  
           
Net income (loss) $ (381,937 ) $ 272,291     $ (696,912 ) $ (625,055 )
           
           
Earnings (loss) per common share - Basic $ (0.21 ) $ 0.15     $ (0.38 ) $ (0.34 )
Weighted average shares   1,845,000     1,845,000       1,845,000     1,845,000  
           
Earnings (loss) per common share - Diluted $ (0.21 ) $ 0.15     $ (0.38 ) $ (0.34 )
Weighted average shares   1,845,000     1,845,000       1,845,000     1,845,000  
           
           

 
Reliv International, Inc. and Subsidiaries                  
                   
Net sales by Market          
(in thousands) Three months ended December 31,   Change from  
  2017   2016   prior year  
  Amount % of Net Sales   Amount % of Net Sales   Amount %  
                   
United States $ 7,683 77.3 %   $ 8,400 79.0 %   $ (717 ) -8.5 %  
Australia/New Zealand   212 2.1 %     254 2.4 %     (42 ) -16.5 %  
Canada   234 2.4 %     266 2.5 %     (32 ) -12.0 %  
Mexico   94 0.9 %     111 1.0 %     (17 ) -15.3 %  
Europe   1,179 11.9 %     1,147 10.8 %     32   2.8 %  
Asia   533 5.4 %     460 4.3 %     73   15.9 %  
                   
Consolidated Total $ 9,935 100.0 %   $ 10,638 100.0 %   $ (703 ) -6.6 %  
                   
                   
Net sales by Market                  
(in thousands) Year ended December 31,   Change from  
  2017   2016   prior year  
  Amount % of Net Sales   Amount % of Net Sales   Amount %  
                   
United States $ 32,475 77.7 %   $ 35,592 78.2 %   $ (3,117 ) -8.8 %  
Australia/New Zealand   923 2.2 %     1,079 2.4 %     (156 ) -14.5 %  
Canada   915 2.2 %     1,065 2.3 %     (150 ) -14.1 %  
Mexico   445 1.0 %     530 1.2 %     (85 ) -16.0 %  
Europe   4,578 11.0 %     5,491 12.0 %     (913 ) -16.6 %  
Asia   2,453 5.9 %     1,756 3.9 %     697   39.7 %  
                   
Consolidated Total $ 41,789 100.0 %   $ 45,513 100.0 %   $ (3,724 ) -8.2 %  
                   
                   
The following table sets forth, as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the number of our Active Distributors/Preferred Customers and Master Affiliates and above.  The total number of active distributors includes Master Affiliates and above. We define an active distributor as one that enrolls as a distributor or renews his or her distributorship during the prior twelve months.  Master Affiliates and above are distributors that have attained the highest level of discount and are eligible for royalties generated by Master Affiliate groups in their downline organization.  In February 2016, we introduced a formal Preferred Customer program in the United States and Canada.  As a result, we are including Preferred Customers as part of our Active Distributor count.  Preferred Customer programs were previously in place in Europe and other foreign markets.  Preferred Customers represent approximately 4,990 and 5,050 of the Active Distributor count as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  
                   
                   
Active Distributors/Preferred Customers and Master Affiliates and Above by Market              
                   
  As of 12/31/2017   As of 12/31/2016   Change in %  
  Active Distributors and Preferred Customers Master Affiliates and Above   Active Distributors and Preferred Customers Master Affiliates and Above   Active Distributors and Preferred Customers Master Affiliates and Above  
       
                   
United States   23,050 2,820       27,220 4,080       -15.3 % -30.9 %  
Australia/New Zealand   1,100 110       1,530 130       -28.1 % -15.4 %  
Canada   660 90       840 150       -21.4 % -40.0 %  
Mexico   710 60       940 90       -24.5 % -33.3 %  
Europe   3,800 450       4,860 530       -21.8 % -15.1 %  
Asia   4,300 380       3,090 340       39.2 % 11.8 %  
                   
Consolidated Total   33,620 3,910       38,480 5,320       -12.6 % -26.5 %  
                   

For more information, contact:

Steve Albright                                                        Chief Financial Officer                                 (636) 733-1305 

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